He had to work he had four kids at home the oldest 16 and the youngest was 6.
I also believe my ancestors did what had to do but it gave me many questions.
Where is Agnes? She should be 13. Was she sent to be a servant? I don’t find her when I search for her by name, I don’t see her on the 1871 Census either. I just found an Agnes Jane that died in the 3rd quarter 1868, on the FreeBMD Index on Ancestry. I wonder if it is my Agnes Jane? I have a birth year of 1868. The FreeBDM Index list her as born in the 2nd quarter of 1868. So that must be why there is no Agnes on the Census.
William John was the manager of the coffee tavern on this census, maybe he didn’t have room for all the kids, maybe they didn’t want to lose the other apartment?
Leaving 3 boys 17, 16, & 14 alone? It was a different age and I’m sure they were working too hard to survive to have energy for rough housing or other teenage boy mischief.